No modern, functional, and livable building can exist today without a foundation. A solid foundation is an unquestionable requirement of the safety and suitability of a structure, so when a foundation is not solid, a lot more than just the building is in jeopardy.
The Causes of Faulty Foundations
Foundations suffer serious structural damage due to a variety of soil-related problems, the most common of which is water. An excess of water from broken or leaking underground pipes, pooling water, or poor drainage erodes or expands the soil, while an absence of water from the transpiration of tree roots causes the soil to shrink. Other causes of foundational issues include improperly consolidated soil under the building or badly built foundations. All of these conditions are negative because they rarely influence the soil beneath a foundation in a uniform manner. Instead, they usually affect only one section of your foundation, and the fact that the affected area is small means that the resulting problems are big. Any minor foundational shifting can cause major structural damage and put the entire building at risk. When your building needs a solid foundation to survive, these threats of signification destruction are the last things you want to face.
The Signs of Faulty Foundations
Cracks in and around your house are clear indications of troubles with your foundation. If cracks have appeared in your walls, floors, drywall, bricks, siding, slabs, columns, or corners, you should schedule an inspection of your foundation from Landmark immediately. Other signs of foundational issues include:
• Doors, windows, and cabinets that are difficult to open and close
• Gaps around windows, doors, and garage doors
• Bowing or leaning foundation walls
• Stairways or chimneys cracking or pulling away from the foundation
• Sloping or sagging floors
• Puddles of water forming around your property